I pledge allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands
with liberty and justice for all.
I am full of greatness.
These are the words my class recites every morning. I introduced the additional last line a few weeks into the year, and my kids say it each time without fail.
I wish I could sneak into their second grade classrooms on the first day of school next year to see if any of them automatically add that line out of sheer habit.
I wish twenty years from now while saying the pledge at a special event, they find themselves reminiscing about first grade and Miss McMorrow's greatness mantra.
I wish I could know how this deposit I've left in their lives will manifest itself well beyond first grade.